I'll be going to Japan in November and staying in Tokyo and Kyoto. The rides I'll be making on JR are all round-trips to/from the following: Tokyo-Kyoto, Kyoto-Nara, Kyoto-Himeji. I'll be going to Kyoto on a Sunday but the other trips will be during the week. Do I need to make reservations pretty early, which leads me to my next Q:
If I arrive at Narita Airport on a Wednesday, exchange my Voucher for the JR Pass and have the Pass start functioning on Friday, can I only make reservations on Friday or can I make them that Wednesday?